As you may already know, if I’ve got a chance to go more natural with my treatment, I’ll do it. I believe that excluding unnecessary fillers and harmful chemicals can only come with benefits. Which is why I think it’s a really good idea to explore ways on how to get rid of acne with essential oils.
Essential oils have become quite popular over the last 10 years or so. Much thanks to social media platforms like Pinterest and Facebook, which make it easy to “spread the word” about them.
While a lot of alternative treatments that you can find online are pure mumbo-jumbo, there are also some that actually do work. Many essential oils can do wonders for your acne, and it’s often only a matter of finding the right one for you and your unique skin.
In this post I’ve listed some of my favorite essential oils for acne treatment. There are way more of them out there that work, but these are the ones I prefer and have personal experience with.
Enjoy your read!
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is often considered being the best natural acne treatment, and for good reason.
It’s anti inflammatory, antimicrobial and antifungal, and can help heal small wounds and reduce the size of more the severe ones. Tea tree oil is recommended if you’re currently battling mild to moderate acne. (1,2,3)
How To Use Tea Tree Essential Oil:
- Wash your face with either African black soap or a high quality cleanser.
- Apply your favorite leave-on acne product with salicylic acid.
- Dampen a cotton swab and add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Apply on noticeable blemishes.
- OR, you could add 6-7 drops of tea tree oil to a light moisturizer and put it on your entire face.
Don’t apply any other products on your skin until you know how it reacts to the tea tree oil.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is also a popular anti-acne essential oil. Like tea tree, it’s anti inflammatory and encourages wound healing.
Furthermore, it’s been proven to reduce depression and sleep deprivation, which can both be major causes for stress. And as you may know, stress can definitely cause your acne to flare up.
How To Use Lavender Essential Oil:
- To reduce depression and improve sleep, add a few drops to your palms and rub your hands together. Then cup your nose and mouth, and inhale. Repeat when deemed necessary.
- To use lavender as a topical anti-acne product, you can either apply it directly on your skin or mix 6-7 drops of it into your moisturizer.
If you’re having a bad skin reaction to the lavender oil, you can try diluting it with water or a carrier oil of your choice. I recommend you try a 50/50 mix.
In case of a respiratory problem, such as irritation in your throat/lungs or trouble breathing, stop using lavender oil and consult a medical professional.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Considered being one of the more gentle essential oils, frankincense oil can do wonders to your skin beyond acne treatment.
It’s a natural sedative, which can help relieve mild to moderate pain. It also reduces redness and irritation in your skin.
How To Use Frankincense Essential Oil:
- 4-5 drops of frankincense essential oil
- 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 1 oz of your jojoba oil (or any other carrier oil)
- Mix all of it into a dark amber glass bottle (for longer shelf-life)
- Shake the bottle like a maniac for a few seconds. Really make sure the ingredients mix.
- Store in a dark and cool place.
- Apply 2 drops of this remedy on your face before going to bed.
This serum is supposed to stay on your face overnight, so don’t wash it off. As you can see, this recipe also uses tea tree oil and lavender, to really enhance its potency.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
What makes clary sage so incredibly effective for acne treatment is an ester called linalyl acetate. Like the aforementioned essential oils, it’s anti inflammatory.
However, what makes it so unique is its ability to balance the oil production (sebum) on the skin. Overproduction of sebum can lead to dead skin cells and bacteria being drawn into your pores, which then clog. As you may know, clogged pores usually equal breakouts.
Furthermore, clary sage also relieves anxiety and stress, which can lead to a healthier hormonal balance and less acne. (1)
How To Use Clary Sage Essential Oil:
- Fill a 10ml roller bottle with jojoba oil.
- Add 3-4 drops of clary sage essential oil.
- Shake thoroughly.
- Roll on affected areas.
- Repeat every morning and evening until the blemish is gone.
Leave the serum on your skin and let it evaporate on its own.
Being both antibacterial and antimicrobial, juniper berry is quite an effective natural anti-acne remedie with skin irritation relieving properties.
Using the juniper oil is actually quite simple. Just apply it directly on the area of concern, or dilute it with your favorite carrier oil, like jojoba for example.
Diluting the juniper oil does not affect its anti-acne properties negatively, so if you’ve got sensitive skin I actually recommend that you mix it with a little jojoba oil. (1)
How To Use Juniper Berry Oil:
- Apply directly on the concerned area.
- OR, dilute with jojoba oil before applying. This is recommended for sensitive skin.
The downside of juniper berry essential oils is that they’re often quite pricey. I suggest trying the cheaper tea tree oil first, which in my opinion actually works better too.
Grapeseed Essential Oil
Apart from being anti inflammatory, grapeseed oil is rich in Vitamin-E and linoleic acid, which have been shown to be quite effective at healing wounds, reducing scarring and evening skin tone.
Vitamin-E is also a very nutrient-rich antioxidant that quickly absorbs into your skin, making it a great natural moisturizer. (1)
How To Use Grapeseed Essential Oil:
- Pour jojoba oil into a 10ml roller bottle.
- Add 7-8 drops of grapeseed oil.
- Apply on blemishes and scars in evenings, before going to bed.
Make sure you perform a patch test first, as grapeseed oil can irritate the skin.
Rosemary has a calming effect on your skin. The rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid found in rosemary extract are both excellent antioxidants.
Rosemary extract has been proven to reduce inflammation caused by P. Acnes, which is the main pathogen involved in the development of acne. (1)
How To Use Rosemary Extract:
- Patch test on a small area of skin before applying to the rest of your face/body.
- Add 3-4 drops to your favorite light moisturizer and just follow your regular routine.
Rosemary extract contain aromatic components that can cause sensitivity problems, which is why it’s extra important to do a patch test for this essential oil.
But if you don’t know me by now, I preach about patch testing before testing any new product. We’re all unique and so is our skin. So… patch test before trying a new product!
Essential Final Thoughts
When it comes to alternative, natural acne treatments essential oils are usually the go-to source. Traditional anti-acne products have their uses without a doubt, but when I’m aware of a natural alternative that potentially can work, I usually go that route.
In the sections above I’ve mentioned just a fraction of all the essential oils available, but these are the ones I’ve had most success with. Please note that the usage instructions I’ve provided are not the only way you can use these oils.
Feel free to experiment and mix your own serums. However, always patch test new oils before using them!
Have you tested any of these oils yourself? Have you had any success in improving your skin and reduce acne with them? Got any favorite oil? Let me know in the comments below!
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